We are back for a second installment this week, given the moment, to provide you with additional resources.
We have compiled our essential list of 25+ dos and don’ts for D&I practitioners on our Twitter. Please read it, digest it, share it, and then crucially act with it in mind! Read the full thread now, here.
All Black Lives Matter
Melz Owusu writes incisively: ‘When we consider systemic change and new world-building, we must consider the problem that remains – some black lives are still considered more valuable than others.’ The article focuses on the imperative of centering trans-black folks in our analysis and action.
White people watching
Zoé Samudzi tells us in this powerful article, White Witness and the Contemporary Lynching: ‘the belief that passive viewership can translate into structural justice is an idea as misguided as it is old’. What’s more, Samudzi asks, ‘why are these videos being watched? Specifically, why do white people continue to make cases for watching them?’. Read the article here.
As we said earlier this week, there are infinite resources to engage with. The reading and listening will never end. But it MUST start. Please see the suggestions below from a range of sources.
Cite Black Women – A brilliant thread compiling a series of readings on abolition
The End to Policing – Alex Vitale
The Golden Gulag – Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Natives – Akala (a global analysis, with the UK as its starting point)
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
White Fragility – Robin Di Angelo
Resource Guide: Prisons, Policing, and Punishment – a compilation of articles from Micah Herskind
Intersectionality Matters – in light of the current context, strongly recommend starting with What Slavery Engendered: An Intersectional Look at 1619 with Kimberle Crenshaw and Dorothy Roberts
City Arts & Lectures, Powerful conversation between Angela Davis and Ibram X. Kendi
Seeing White – about the history of race and racism, and how white people came to see themselves as white (starts with English colonialism of Eastern America)
Justice in America – focused on the criminal justice system in the USA
This article details 12 documentaries about racism in America
Akala and David Olusoga, Striking the Empire – a conversation